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    Thanks for this update. Will stop by to see him...

    Thanks for this update. Will stop by to see him when I'm in that area. He is worthy of an ATC Magazine story or an AT MyStory video.
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    Hey Lone Wolf, I'm sure glad Subway is still...

    Hey Lone Wolf,
    I'm sure glad Subway is still there (hint, hint).
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    There also is a nice house listed by Zillow in...

    There also is a nice house listed by Zillow in nearby Mountain City, TN (on Divide Rd.) that would make a fine hostel/hiking center for northeastern TN/ Mt. Rogers NRA. It is next to the Appalachian...
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    We are day hiking this section from August 30...

    We are day hiking this section from August 30 through Sept. 6. I have done this section by day hiking every day about 20 times over the years.
    warrendance@gmail.com www.warrendoyle.com
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    The 2017 AT Expedition, my 10th group up the...

    The 2017 AT Expedition, my 10th group up the Appalachian Trail, has started.
    Remaining Appalachian Trail Institutes for 2017 (at the Appalachian Folk School near Damascus) are:
    Sept. 25-29
    Oct....
  6. Excellent summary of 'A Perfect Storm' situation.

    Excellent summary of 'A Perfect Storm' situation.
  7. Thank you for mentioning the extraordinary high...

    Thank you for mentioning the extraordinary high completion rates for the AT Circle Expedition. Even the last expedition, which was a non-circle expedition, had 11 out of the 12 who started finish.
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  8. Shady Valley, TN just south of Damascus ...

    Shady Valley, TN just south of Damascus two trail access points Rt. 91 and Rt. 421 no hiker services houses and land for sale very reasonable
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    I've day-hiked the entire AT (including the...

    I've day-hiked the entire AT (including the Smokies) at least four times. I am surprised that more people don't do it this way. The completion rates would certainly increase. Most of the evenings I...
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    You can day hike the Smokies and not pay the $20...

    You can day hike the Smokies and not pay the $20 fee.
  11. LW - There are two roads between Poplar Ridge LT...

    LW - There are two roads between Poplar Ridge LT and Rt. 27 (Barnjum Rd. - can park a passenger vehicle about 1.5 mile from trail crossing (near Perham Stream) an ATV accessible; Caribou Valley Rd....
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    Answer to post #4 - This is not taught at the...

    Answer to post #4 - This is not taught at the Appalachian Trail Institute (as implied by the poster). Jennifer is one of the most important human resources that the AT will have from the publishing...
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    There is no need for either GPS or a compass if...

    There is no need for either GPS or a compass if you are hiking the AT.
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    My sadness is rising and drifting south from the...

    My sadness is rising and drifting south from the 100 mile wilderness as the AT has lost a precious human resource, the best person in the right place at the right time. Both Jean and Dave Richie were...
  15. My opinion

    As a former long distance trail record holder (AT 1973-78, 66.3 days, 66% supported/33%unsupported); (LT 1978-2007 unsupported); (Springer to Katahdin w/ground transportation - 30 hours -...
  16. My interpretation

    Been following this thread since the beginning (I was dancing in VT and hiking in MA at the time of the disappearance). I have been in Maine since August 1st and was just at the Perham Stream trail...
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    Yes, I have walked the entire trail (white...

    Yes, I have walked the entire trail (white blazes) 16 times - 9 thru-hikes (eight of which were the circle expeditions - seven of which had 100% completion rates); 7 section hikes (between...
  18. I have quite a few beds available (donation...

    I have quite a few beds available (donation accepted) at the folk school just ten miles from Damascus. No pets,smoking or alcohol (including drunkenness on-site).
  19. How long do you plan to do this adventure? Your...

    How long do you plan to do this adventure? Your chances of success or failure will depend on whether you have a time limit or not. The last great Appalachian Trail endurance challenge is for someone...
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    I live ten miles from Damascus in Laurel...

    I live ten miles from Damascus in Laurel Bloomery, TN where I am starting the Appalachian Folk School. There is a lovely, fairly-new log-paneled home with vaulted ceilings and five bedrooms on the...
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    I have been saying this for the past 38 years as...

    I have been saying this for the past 38 years as it applies to long-distance hiking:

    "Fear is proportional to weight and profit. More fear = more weight/more profit. Less fear = less weight/less...
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    Don't know what darkage is talking about. I never...

    Don't know what darkage is talking about. I never have said
    " that claim you walk more than other's .... get over it."
    that I have walked more than other's.
    However, it is a fact that I have...
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    Appalachian Trail Institute

    Since 1989, the ATI has been helping potential AT thru and section hikers prepare for their journey. Several hundred hikers (from 28 states amd 3 foreign countries) have attended. There are three...
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    For several decades, many in the ATC community...

    For several decades, many in the ATC community took great pride in acknowledging that the AT was the longest, continuously blazed footpath in the world. Many of the hiking clubs used this as a prime...
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    1) Columbus discovered America 2) The earth is...

    1) Columbus discovered America
    2) The earth is the center of the universe
    3) There are WMD in Iraq
    4) Earl Shaffer was the first person to walk the entire trail.

    I only knew Earl from 1973...
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